updated 09:35 pm EDT, Thu May 2, 2013
Samsung not forthcoming with user-available space on 16GB model
Early purchasers of the Samsung Galaxy S4 have discovered that approximately 45 percent of the storage on the 16GB model is occupied by Samsung's Android implementation, and unusable by the owner. Upon inspection of the device, the base Galaxy S4 model has only 8.82GB available to the user -- with the rest filled by Samsung with new features like the TouchWiz UI, Samsung Hub, and ChatON.
Other phones have far less pre-utilized space. The HTC One 16GB phone has 7.14GB occupied by its branch of Android. The iPhone 5 has about 3.5GB of space occupied by essential system software and Apple-provided apps out of the box regardless of capacity. The Galaxy S4's storage can be expanded with a MicroSD card, somewhat mitigating the lack of available internal storage.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is not the first device that has suffered from users complaining about available storage. Microsoft came under fire for both its RT and Windows 8 versions of the Surface tablet for not disclosing available space after the factory-standard installation and recovery partitions were accounted for.